All I have to establish in this story is that she entertains the idea of staying here and that she has identified the hotel manager and police woman as worthy of more of her attention than others in the town, and more than she would usually give.
She will have the moment of enjoying being hit on, she likes short flings, then realising that because she’s staying in town and now his boss, it’s not a good idea to pursue it further. This whole story will take place over a week or so, two weeks maximum so they can’t get into a relationship.
She uses her psychologist background to give the impression of being very approachable and friendly and makes people feel at ease quickly (helpful for an investigator for people to tell her their secrets), but she doesn’t ever share much of herself. She encourages people to talk about themselves (which we all love and are happy to do).
The Police Woman and Protagonist will become friends and the Protagonist will be welcomed into their family. This family are the opposite of the family the Protagonist grew up in, open, affectionate, stable, share emotions, no secrets.
Another option I thought of was to have the ghost of the mother tell the protagonist her story. Scenes where the mother appears as the protagonist explores the town, the hotel, investigates the death.
I have a long list of characters and social issues that are representative of the vibe of the western world at the moment, and I can’ pick them up and put them down as I need them.
Had brunch with a visiting friend today and we came up with a great character to kill off – my first murder! So exciting.
Is the protagonist in law enforcement/legal fraternity, or an amateur? Are they established in the community or new to this place? Are they good at solving crimes or bad at it and manage to solve it in spite or themselves, or have a great sidekick?